After a brief winter hiatus, the ladies of Prairie Fire Lady Choir have been in full bloom this spring.
In February we held auditions and were overwhelmed with the number of amazing women who tried out. We ended up recruiting 9 new ladies to fill in the gaps. We are now at 67 ladies strong!
In addition to recruiting new ladies during our off season, we also made appearances at a few fantastic gigs.
In late January we were proud to lift our voices as part of the program at Women’s March here in Minnesota. We will never forget the beautiful sea of 100,000 people surrounding us as we sang on the steps of the capitol building in St. Paul.
On April 7th, many of the ladies had back-to-back performances. We were absolutely honored to take part in Cantus’ “America Will Be!” series. The show featured songs from a diverse selection of mostly contemporary composers, interspersed with video projections of people who had been interviewed and asked questions about what it means to be an American. What is the American Dream? We opened the set with our version of “We Belong”, and joined Cantus for a rousing rendition of “America the Beautiful”.
A few hours later, many of us met at the Cedar Cultural Center to open up for as well as to sing back up for Roma di Luna’s reunion show to benefit the Indigenous Peoples Task Force and MN350.org. Also performing were TiWaken and special guests The Pines. In addition to the choir, Roma di Luna was joined on stage by other fantastic guest performers including Martin Devaney and Eliza Blue.
Most recently the Prairie Fire Lady Choir had the opportunity to perform at the Prince One Year Memorial Celebration held outside of First Ave. We kicked off the music for the evening with our mash-up “When Doves Cry 4 U”. Several of the ladies also sang backup for Claire de Lune on “Nothing Compares to You”.
We’re excited to announce that we submitted to and received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to work with mastermind Chris Koza. Chris will be leading workshops on writing and arranging. Stay tuned for more information about our collaboration in the near future.
Upcoming Shows – Come See Us!
True Colors: A Celebration of Women in Song
International-award winning City of Lakes Women’s Chorus presents “True Colors: A Celebration of Women in Song.” The 100-member chorus will celebrate influential women in music, from jazz greats of the 40s to today’s pop icons, who have created, performed, and inspired some of the country’s favorite songs. Performing songs from Ella Fitzgerald to Cyndi Lauper, the chorus, along with quartets Sparkle!, Take Two, and Spice will showcase the rich history of women in song.
Also appearing are guest performers Prairie Fire Lady Choir and the 1997 Sweet Adelines International Queens of Harmony, 4-Star Collection.
Tickets are $21 for adults, and $13 for children under 13, and are available at www.ticketworks.com or by calling (612) 343-3390. For more information about City of Lakes Chorus, visit, www.cityoflakes.org
Sunday, May 21 – 4:00 PM
Concordia University’s Buetow Music Center
300 Hamline Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
Fridays in the Valley Concert Series
Sunday, July 9th – 7:00 PM
Valley Community Presbyterian Church
3100 Lilac Drive, Golden Valley
Valley Community Presbyterian Church has long enjoyed a rich musical heritage. Building on this tradition, Fridays in the Valley was created for local musicians to showcase their talents while providing a benefit for local charities.
Prairie Fire Lady Choir’s performance will be held on Sunday, July 9th (not Friday) to benefit the local Walk to Defeat ALS.
Saint Paul Saints Game
Sunday, July 23 – 5 PM
360 N. Broadway Street, St. Paul
Baseball fans, we will be singing the National Anthem at the Saint Paul Saints game again on July 23. Reserve your ticket here:
Prairie Burn Music Festival 2017
Saturday, September 16
YMCA Camp St. Croix
532 CR-F, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016
Attendees can once again expect amazing folk and bluegrass tunes, great food and beer, camp games and activities, and REI-hosted camping all to benefit YMCA camper endowed scholarships.
The 2017 lineup includes:
Cloud Cult, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Dusty Heart, The Ericksons, The Honeydogs, The Bootlicker Stringband, The Wailing Loons, HamDog,Prairie Fire Lady Choir, The Hawthorn Collection, Afton, Ruben & Julia Floberg.
Updates are available on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1762068357457301/